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Massachusetts ACLU Seeks Inquest, Investigation into Shooting Death of Malcolm Gracia


A criminal inquest is being sought from the Massachusetts Attorney General’s office in the May, 2012 shooting death of 15-year-old Malcolm Gracia.

The Massachusetts American Civil Liberties Union, along with the NAACP and other civil rights groups, are questioning the District Attorney’s findings after a formal investigation.

ACLU attorney John Reinstein says six shots were fired at Gracia that night, with the first round of shots bringing Gracia to the ground after he stabbed a New Bedford Police Detective.

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The ACLU is also requesting a seperate investigation by the Attorney General’s Civil Rights Division, that will determine whether the New Bedford Police officers are lawfully implementing the so-called meet-and-greet program, and whether officers had a justified reason for stopping Gracia that night.

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